Four Men and a Prayer

Four Men and a Prayer is a 1938 American adventure film directed by John Ford and starring Loretta Young, Richard Greene and George Sanders.

Four Men and a Prayer
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Directed byJohn Ford
Produced byKenneth Macgowan
Written byRichard Sherman
Sonya Levien
Walter Ferris
William Faulkner (uncredited)
Screenplay byRichard Sherman
Sonya Levien
Walter Ferris
Based onFour Men and a Prayer
1937 novel
by David Garth
StarringLoretta Young
Richard Greene
George Sanders
David Niven
C. Aubrey Smith
William Henry
Music byLouis Silvers
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byLouis R. Loeffler
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • April 29, 1938 (1938-04-29)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States


After a British Army Officer is cashiered in India following accusations of dereliction of duty, he summons his four sons to meet him in their family home. He reveals he has been framed, but before he can explain any more he is murdered. The four immediately set out to discover the truth and restore their father's honour. Spreading out across the world to Argentina and India they gather the evidence that shows that their father was a victim of a major arms dealer and triumph over him in a final confrontation in the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Returning home they are able to present evidence that clears their father's name.




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